This section features topics relating to the human management of fresh water. Why do we need to manage our water resources? The simple answer is that we manage the resource because various users are competing for the available supply of fresh water to satisfy basic needs, to enable economic development, to sustain the natural environment and to support recreational activities. It is necessary to reconcile these needs and promote the use of fresh water in a way that recognizes its social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Governments in Canada are moving to integrated ecosystem and watershed management approaches that draw on sustainable development principles. These are designed to ensure that decision making reflects the interests of many stakeholders and balances a range of goals, including sustainable water and aquatic resource management; protection from water quality-linked health threats; protection of aquatic ecosystems and species; and reduction of the health, economic and safety impacts from floods and droughts.
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